Our bridges are built to vintage specifications -- and with Rickenbacker
bridges, those specifications changed over the years. The first
bridges (pre-1959) had height adjustment screws on .4" centers. In
1959, the bridges were changed to use height screws on 7/16" centers.
Some time much later (ca. 1985), the bridges were changed again, to 3/8"
As a result, it's important that the bridge be matched with the
proper baseplate. Our 60s roller bridge will fit a vintage baseplate perfectly. However, it will not fit the baseplate on a new
guitar. If you buy one of our vintage-style bridges for installation on a
new guitar, we strongly recommend that you consider a vintage-spec baseplate as well.
Please note: some of Rickenbacker's reissues use baseplates that are
not historically correct. For instance, the 325c64 uses a baseplate
with mounting dimples on 3/8" centers; this is not accurate.
We also offer a unique compensated baseplate which takes your guitar to
a new level of playability. Many vintage Rickenbackers have the
bridge positioned too far forward to permit proper intonation of the low
strings. It used to be that the only way to fix this was to drill
new holes in the guitar and move the bridge. No more. Our
compensated baseplate has the mounting holes slightly off-center.
This has the effect of moving the bridge back about 1/8" -- which should
be enough to fix your intonation problems. And without drilling any
holes in the guitar. This is what one satisfied customer had to say
after installing our compensated baseplate on a RM 1997: "It
is perfect and now [the] guitar can be intonated properly."
And just in: the poor man's neck
reset. We also offer an ultra-thin baseplate made from 1/16"
aluminum. If your guitar is right on the verge of needing a neck
reset -- if your bridge is bottomed out and you'd like your action to be
just a little bit lower -- this baseplate will enable you to drop
your strings by another 2/64" at the 12-th fret. It's not a
long-term fix, but it could make all the difference in the world between a
playable and an unplayable guitar.
And really, what good is a baseplate without a bridge to go on it?
We offer a wide selection of vintage-style bridges, including the elusive
and oh-so-desirable roller bridge.
For looks, quality, and accuracy: there is simply no other choice for
A comparison between our vintage-spec plate and a new Rickenbacker
plate. Note the different spacing of the locating dimples:
A standard plate and a compensated plate: